Innovations in aviation history and technology. Producer and director: Shirley Burden. Photography: Floyd Crosby, Al Wetzel.
Promotional film about Lockheed aircraft using test pilots and speed records to show how Lockheed is at the forefront of aviation technology. Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindbergh and Howard Hughes are shown. Also airplane construction.
Snowy mountain range
Clipper ship in full sail
Covered wagons cross in profile
Silver airplane in sky
Wright Brothers first flight
1928 Lockheed Vega, Arthur Gobel and Harry Tucker fly from Las Angeles to New York.
1929 Frank Hawks climbs into plane. Good CU pilot in cockpit.
1931 Charles Lindbergh climbs into cockpit. Takes off across Bering Sea from the water.
1931 Ruth Nichols sets record
Wiley Post flies around the world alone in the "Winnie May"
Charles Lindbergh and wife take off
1934 Sir Charles Kingford Smith and Captain P.G. Taylor fly from Australia to Oakland.
1935 Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland
1938 Howard Hughes sets record in around-the-world flight
Planes, crowds, and cameramen
Loadstar in flight
Spinning globe superimposed over flying planes
Map of USA with flight paths of various airlines. South America and Australia with flight paths indicated
VS little foreign flags on poles pass by camera
Lockheed Burbank plant of 1926 and present 1940. Aerial shot of Lockheed plant
Lockheed workers going to work, punching time clocks.
Large drafting room, pan of hundreds of employees at desks.
Man drafting at table
VS diagrams and blueprints
Interior of Lodestar with stewardesses and passengers. Passengers work and relax in lounge.
"Market Research" sign on door of office
Women stuffing envelopes.
Scale model of plane in wind tunnel test
Palm trees in hurricane
Railroad train passes from left to right
Various machinists building airplane parts. Assembly lines
Multi-ton press cracks hen's egg and chicken emerges unhurt
Metal parts being clipped for anodizing
Needles on gauges
Concrete cylinder cracking under pressure
Loadstar taking off
Inside cockpit, pan of controls
Welders and builders build fuselage
Speedboat on water
Bobsled on display
Wing flaps being dropped
Hudson bombers in aircraft factory
Hudson bombers in air
Industrial factory montage-tools, wheels, machines, etc.
Montage of planes taking off
P-38 fighter plane in air
Snowy mountain peaks encircled with clouds; Large sailing ship, full-rigged; "pioneer" wagons against a backdrop of clouds; Kitty Hawk, Wright Brothers first flight;
1928, Lockheed Vega "Yankee Doodle" landing breaking speed record -- NY to LA in 18 hours and 58 minutes pilots Col. Arthur Gobel (sp?) and Harry Tucker
1929 Capt. Frank Hawks climbs in cockpit on his way to setting a new transcontinental record. Take off on West Coast;
1931 Lockheed Col. Charles Lindbergh and Mrs. Anne Morrow Lindbergh (!) head from Washington, D.C., over the Bering Sea and land on pontoons in Tokyo to cheering throngs;
1931 Ruth Nichols lands her Lockheed Vega after establishing women's altitude record of 28,743 ft. CU of Nichols in ski parka in cockpit.
1933: "Winnie Mae", Wiley Post first man to fly around the world alone.
1933, Col. Charles Lindbergh and Mrs. Lindbergh embark on 29,000 mile survey flight from New York to Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Europe, the Azores, Africa, Brazil and back to NY.
1934: Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Capt. P.G. Taylor land in Oakland after flying from Australia. First West to East trans-Pacific flight. "Lady Southern Cross." Large crowds gather to cheer.
1935 Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland, the first woman to make a solo flight over the Pacific; throngs of people run to plane; she is picture with a large bouquet of flowers.
1938 Howard Hughes: sets new record traveling around the world;
Beautiful aerial shot of crowds milling around Howard Hughes' plane
"Electra" Lockheed's all-metal bi-motor transport.
Six-passenger plane; Loadstar, luxury plane, fastest
Shows airline routes on map by company including Latin American; Africa: Europe: Asia; Antipodes; Australia; New Zealand;
Burbank plant in 1926; same plant currently, 1940, men of Lockheed going to work;
Drafting room of engineering department; giant room ; passengers; in Loadstar; businessman giving dictation to secretary; Excalibur cabin;
detailed information on market research being done by Lockheed; women collating questionaires; "if you were to build your own ship where you locate sent to airline pilots, executives; findings recording in another pamphlet; then submitted to the engineers feedback sent back to suit the men who know airplanes best;
scale model; wind tunnel model; 90 mile an hour wind blowing a palm tree by the beach.
wind tunnel in operation; massive hydropress; construction of parts; compressed air stamp; cracking an egg out of which comes a small chick; anodizing bath; spectrograph; animation of spectrograph; stress
March 26, 2006 Subject:
I enjoyed it
While I would have enjoyed more flying scenes, and a bit less of the engineering and manufacturing footage, I am a big fan of film documentaries from the first 50 years of the 20th century, so overall I enjoyed this film. Seeing the Lodestar in the air was very cool, as well as the footage of so many legendary aviators that flew Lockheeds.
TRIVIA: This film was photographed by Floyd D. Crosby, Father of musician and singer David Crosby.
October 30, 2003 Subject:
A seemingly endless backslapping about the Lockheed plane corperation just doesnt know when to let up. We begin by just showing everyone who has ever broken a record on a Lockheed plane. Then the company's flying partners, then how a plane is put together, and the plans for the future. Now, spend about 5-7 minutes on each subject, and you begin to see how mindnumbing this really is. Although the film is directed by a woman, there's not much else going for it.
Reviewer:Radio Free Babylon
December 12, 2002 Subject:
Classic Corporate America
Serious and strident narration not just extoling the success of Lockheed, but demanding we worship them in all their glory.
Great images of factory-life of the 30s-40s.
More than you ever wanted to know about how Lockheed goes about ruling the aviation industry.
High production values for a corporate project, this mini-movie leaves no stone unturned. Most shots are long and easily editable. Campy but usable models of globe and map images.
Have not seen Reel 2 yet, but I can't wait for the rousing and patriotic close.